May 17, 2019 1:25 pm
Updated: May 17, 2019 1:28 pm

Stolen cremated human remains returned to Hamilton family: police

Hamilton police believe robbers mistook a bag of human remains for a bag of coins.

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Just a day after a Hamilton family pleaded for the return of the ashes of a loved one, police say they have been found.

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Const. Jerome Stewart told Global News the remains were discovered just after 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

“They were left on the front porch of the residence that was broken into,” said Stewart, “When they were returned and by who is unknown.”

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On Wednesday, police say a resident living in the Barton Street East area arrived home to find their front door kicked in and personal effects missing, which included a black velvet bag containing the ashes of a deceased relative.

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Police say the thieves took valuables, including two Crown Royal bags full of loonies and toonies, and assumed the black velvet bag also contained money.

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